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6 Ways to Stop Wasting Food
The amount of food that is wasted each year is astonishing and is often not even thought about when people consider ways to reduce junk disposal from their property. Throwing away food is not only wasting the actual food but also throwing away the money that was spent when the food was purchased. There are ways to eliminate food waste which not only saves money but also cuts down on waste removal costs. The following 6 methods of reducing food waste should not only help you save money but also reduce the amount of rubbish removal you need at your home.
- Plan Meals Ahead
Meal planning can be a hassle if you’re not used to it but it saves time and money in the long run. Plan meals based on what you have and be sure to plan accordingly based on the perishables you have at the time. Less buying items mean less need for waste disposal.
- Use Up Fruits and Vegetables First
As you might be aware, fruits and vegetables are not eternal, and they last less than meat and canned food. Be sure to use the most perishable fruits and vegetables in meals early in the week. Berries won’t last nearly as long as apples, so use them first. There is a variety of meals you can make with both, starting from vegan and vegetarian diets to other brilliant gourmet dishes that the most experienced cooks will know.
- Freeze What You Can’t Eat
Many foods can be frozen before they go to waste. Fruits such as berries, bananas, and melon can be frozen for use in smoothies or baking. Cheese can also be frozen and used in casseroles or melted in other ways. And broth is one of the better meals you can have during winter.
- Make Soup or A Casserole
If you have little odds and ends of vegetables and meats left over, make a soup or casserole. Your waste disposal will be greatly reduced when you learn to be creative with all those random leftovers.
- Donate What You Can’t Use
Local food banks and shelters will accept most any type of unopened and unexpired food. If you find you have things you won’t eat, don’t hesitate to donate to those who truly need it.
- Make a Compost Pile
Even the smallest yards can support a compost pile. A bin is easy to build and you can dispose of most foods wastes there instead of in the rubbish bin. Doing waste disposal with a compost is a more sanitary way of dealing with your waste.
Incorporate these six methods in your daily life and see how the food waste pretty much vanishes. Households usually set aside about 70% of organic waste for rubbish disposal, but now you will have ways of decreasing this number substantially.